Jean (Bolen) Bridges

Born: Tue., May 15, 1934
Died: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018


1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 12, 2018
Location: Swainsboro First Baptist Church

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Fri., Oct. 12, 2018
Location: Swainboro First Baptist Church


Location: Swainsboro City Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Dr. Jean B. Bridges, age 84, of Swainsboro, GA on Monday, October 8, 2018 surrounded by her loving family, at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, GA.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Swainsboro First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Robert Blankenship officiating assisted by Rev. Casey Shaw

Interment will follow in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, October 12, 2018 at the church from 1:30 till time of service.

Pallbearers are Dr. John Derden, Dr. Willie Gunn, Mark Williams, Rev. Bennie Brinson, Brian Rogers, Noot Irvin, Rev. Dr. Gilbert Westberry, Watson Mosley, Robert Surrency and Sid Shepherd.

Honorary Escorts  will be Delta Kappa Gamma members and David Emanuel Chapter - Daughters of the American Revolution  members.

Dr. Bridges was born May 15, 1934 in Savannah, Chatham County, GA to the late Harold Jean and Lucy Huggins Bolen; was a graduate of Savannah High School; attained her Bachelors Degree from Mercer University; a Masters of Education Degree and Education Specialist Degree from Georgia Southern University; and received her Doctor of Arts Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Bridges was an English and Literature  Professor, Charter Faculty Member of the East Georgia State College and Humanities Division Head retiring after 27 years.  She was a current East Georgia State College Foundation Trustee; she was also staff sponsor of the Wiregrass Yearbook, Wiregrass Magazine, Baptist Student Union, and Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators for many years. In addition she also taught at Middle Georgia College, Brewton Parker College,  the public school systems of  Baxley, Vidalia, and Savannah serving the education industry for 50 years. Dr. Bridges  was a member of numerous clubs and organizations, DAR, Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Mu, Girl Scouts State Board, and Glad Garden Club just to name a few.  Dr. Bridges received many awards and was proud to be the recipient of the Beta Sigma Phi Lady of the Year and the Governor's Award in the Humanities  presented by  Governor Zell Miller. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Swainsboro; member of the Missionettes and sang in the church choir. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Jane Bolen Moore.

Survivors include:

Her Husband: Martin Luther Bridges of Swainsboro, GA

One Daughter: Elizabeth Jean "Beth" Bridges McCall (Robert) of Odum, GA

Two Sons: Harold "Hal" Bridges (Charlotte) of Summertown, GA and Robert William "Bob" Bridges of Shellman Bluff,  GA.

One Brother: William H. "Bill" Bolen (Sheron) of Statesboro, GA

Five Grandchildren: Joseph Bridges, Jenni Bridges, Gabriel McCall, Carson McCall and Bolen McCall.

Three Great-Grandchildren: Carleigh Bridges, Chloe Bridges and Vincent Bridges, beloved dog Daisy, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Condolences may be submitted online at

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Jean Bridges Scholarship, C/O Elizabeth Gilmer,  East Georgia State College Foundation, 131 College Circle, Swainsboro, GA 30401

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of  Dr. Jean B. Bridges of Swainsboro, GA.



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Christie McCall
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018

MONET'S GARDEN BASKET was sent by Christie, Coris, Valerie and Sam.

Our deepest sympathies. Coris, Christie, Valerie and Sam

Robyn Eubanks
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all dearly. Robyn and Joe and family

Jarina J.
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May you and your family be comforted during this difficult time.



Donna & Shannon Pearson
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
Beth, We are sorry for the loss of your mom. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. We love ya!

Heather Wainwright
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
I have so many fond memories of "Mrs. Jean" from many years ago, memories I have always held dear. As one of Beth's elementary buddies and fellow Girl Scout, I got to spend quite a bit of time at the Bridges' home, so much so, it was like a 2nd home, and Mrs. Jean, a 2nd Mom. She always had time to visit, and she invested untold hours in leading our GS troop. Mrs. Jean, you made quite a positive impact on me when I was a girl, and I am forever grateful.

Mr. Martin, Beth & Rob, Hal & Charlotte, Bob, I'm sending hugs and love to all of you and your families. My prayer is that you may find some peace in knowing that she is again whole and well. Because she gave so much of herself through the years and touched so many lives, she has an enduring legacy that will live on in so many hearts, including mine.

Rest well, Mrs. Jean. We miss you and love you.

Tony Mangieri
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
Very sorry to learn of Dr. Bridges passing. She was a wonderful professor and a fixture at ECJC (now EGSC) for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bridges family, especially former SHS classmate Hal.
Tony & Pam Mangieri

Felecia Prince
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
After leaving Mrs. Jessie Bird from Metter High School and entering Dr. Bridges class at ECJC, I was prepared to write. I guess that is one reason I love writing and reading so much. I had teachers that truly cared about those skills. Now, Dr. Bridges has made her transition. I have thought of her and ALL my ECJC teachers over the years. Today, as I reflect on her wonderful voice, and beautiful smile, my prayers go out to all you family. She was one of the great teachers that God made. Family, her legacy will live on because it lives in us. ECJC....Memories......

L. Foster
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
I'm truly saddened to learn that you are mourning the loss of your dear love one Ms. Jean. We will never get used to losing our love ones in death. The reason is because we were created with everlasting life in view. (Ecclesiastes 3: 11) To learn more, please visit and view the faith strengthening Video: What is the condition of the Dead.

Irene Denmark
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Beth, we were sorry to hear about your Mom. Ms Jean was a wonderful role model for women. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray God’s comfort will ease your grief. Irene Denmark

Dr. Deborah C. Stokes
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Sharing in your sorrow. My heart is saddened and my thoughts and prayers are with you.🌹

Gary Nizzi
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
Our heart felt condolences to all during this difficult time. May you find peace and tranquility in the near future.

Jeffrey Moore
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018

Glorious Upscale Standing Spray was sent by Jeff .

We share your grief and wonderful memories of Aunt Jean and summer vacations with you all as kids. While we cannot be there in person, we are there in spirit, prayers, and love. Much love, Jeff & Bobbi, Brian & Lisa, Holly & Byron, Ashley & Sean, and Uncle Dave

Dr Deborah Stokes
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
Sharing in your sorrow. Beth, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol Boyd
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
So sorry to read of the death of Jean. We were neighbors of the Bridges family in Mt. Vernon many years past. My husband taught with her at BPC. Great family.

Ann Griner-Bonds
   Posted Tue October 16, 2018
I am saddened to hear of Dr. Jean's passing.🕊️ Much love, Ann

Debbie Terwilliger
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
My heart goes out to you and the family. What you and the family are going through right now is painful. Jesus also feels the pain. John 11:33-35. Jesus will do more than just feel sorry for you and the family he will bring the so loved one back to life here on earth to live forever by means of the Kingdom in the Lord's Prayer. Acts 24:15; John 11:43,44; Psalm 37:11,29; Matthew 6:9,10. Jesus as King of God's Kingdom will get rid wars, fears, sickness, sorrow, death, tears, outcry and pain. Micah 4:3,4; Revelation 21:4,5. What Jesus did on earth was a small part of what he will do in God's Kingdom. Matthew 15:30,31; 6:9,10. I love to give comfort here's my email so you and the family can get more comfort